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Opera on Long Island’s North Fork

July 18th, 2015 by QuintessentialsInc

A previous year's performance of opera on the deck at the Horton's Point Lighthouse featured arias from Verdi and Puccini.

A previous year’s performance of opera on the deck at the Horton’s Point Lighthouse featured arias from Verdi and Puccini.

Opera on the North Fork of Long Island? Yes. All summer long, opera events are taking place, some well publicized, others, not. It’s one thing to enjoy opera, quite another to enjoy it in the beautiful bucolic setting of wine country. One of my fondest memories was listening to members of the Opera of the Hamptons performing in the pavilion behind Pindar Winery. It was a hot but clear summer night and the sun was setting just beyond the field of sunflowers as the talented troupe performed aria excerpts from Puccini’s “La Boehme,” in particular, “O Soave Fanciulla.” The amazing music, which has endured through the ages, and the gorgeous setting combine to create an experience the finest opera houses of Europe would be hard pressed to duplicate.

This weekend’s opera at Duckwalk Vineyards honors Dr. Herodotus Damianos, a patron of the arts and a  supporter of Opera of the Hamptons from their very first performance. Everyone knew he was a real Opera Lover, and especially fond of the works of Puccini. His influence and love of opera credits him as being one of the North Fork’s earliest supporters of this type of open air opera. Performing at this opera will be the incomparable soprano, “Cristina Fontanelli and Her Fabulous Friends”:”From Opera To Broadway,” Saturday, July 18th 7:00pm-9:30pm. You can get tickets through Brown Paper Tickets : 1-800-838-3006 event 1673300 or  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1673300.

Opera on the North Fork continues with Diliberto Winery hosting their annual Summer Concert Series with two special opera performances on Saturday, July 25 and August 15, both beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will feature performances by international and local performers for a unique North Fork experience. Tickets are $39 per person in advance, or $49 at the door. All tickets include a select complimentary glass of wine, and may be purchased by calling 631.722.3416 or online at bit.ly/summerconcertseries2015.

And to let you in on the North Fork’s best kept opera secret, August 2 is the Belle Voci Opera at the Horton’s Point Lighthouse. Attendees of this event, sponsored by the Southold Historical Society are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner as they enjoy opera music in this truly unique setting. The hilly lawn rolls down to the woods where they have a wooden deck which serves as the evening’s stage. The curtain back drop are trees and wild grape vines at the edge of the woods and just to your right, the sun sets beyond the cliffs and over the sound. Behind you is the majestic lighthouse. The lighthouse is located at 3575 Lighthouse Road, Southold, NY. Concert of Opera Music begins at 6pm, tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. In case of rain, the concert will be performed at the Southold Presbyterian Church, located at 53100 Route 25, Southold, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender and a concert in the park for a perfect summer stay

July 12th, 2015 by QuintessentialsInc

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Lavender By the Bay farm is just steps away from Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa in East Marion on the North Fork. Showcasing a vast field of lavender, this East End of Long Island shop also offers all things lavender, including their famous honey. Cut your own, or buy already cut, fresh or dried lavender. It’s an awesome treat, to see and smell over twenty varieties of lavender, 50,000 plants spread across ten acres. Lavender By the Bay sells all varieties of bath and body products, domestic and imported, soaps, soaks, salts, essential oils, sachets, sprays and even edible treats. Owners and farmers Serge Rozenbaum and his wife Susan are patient, gracious and informative. They give sound advice on how to cultivate lavender and use it. The farm is open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, through the end of September. There are so many things you can do with lavender. Here is a simple and refreshing recipe for Lavender Honey Sorbet.

Quintessentials Lavender Honey Sorbet

6 cups water

2 heaping tablespoons fresh Lavender

3 tablespoons Honey

1 cup sugar

(Optional: 2 teaspoons vodka- this keeps the sorbet from freezing too hard if that is a problem with your freezer) Boil sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Chop lavender fine and add to boiling sugar water with honey. Turn off heat, let cool an hour or two. Place in refrigerator until chilled (8 hours or more). Run mixture through a sieve to remove lavender bits, put in ice cream maker for time recommended, for type used. Red and blue food coloring can be mixed to create a lavender hue. Serve with mint sprigs and lavender blossoms.

So remember when booking a room at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa, that you are not a only in the heart of wine country, but you are just a few steps away from one of the most amazing lavender farms on the east coast, and you can enjoy live music in the park in the heart of Southold, every Wednesday night, all summer long, Click here for the schedule and to find out more.

 

Summer Romance Mid-week Packages at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa

July 6th, 2015 by QuintessentialsInc

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Heat up your summer romance with a mid-week special at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa. Start off your week on Monday. After you check in, tour the wineries, your hostess, Sylvia will reserve a table of your choice at one of Greenport’s world class North Fork restaurants. After dinner, stroll to Mitchel Park and the marina in the center of the seaport village, where you can enjoy a magical evening of dancing in the park. The Greenport Monday Night Dances in Mitchel Park continues throughout the summer with a line up of talented bands.

July 6: Bobby Nathan Band – Cool, Classic, Entertainment

July 13: Swingtime Big Band – Authentic Swing in Living Color

July 20: Swan Live  – Soul, Motown, R&B

July 27: Golden Fists Of Fury –  Funk, Ska, Reggae

August 3: Latinology –  Latin, Cha-Cha, Merengue

August 10: Southbound –  Keep’n it Country

August 17: Winston Irie – Roots, Reggae – Huge following…come early!

August 24: Pamela Betti Band – L.I.’s Blues Diva

August 31:  Gene Casey & The Lonesharks –  Maximum Rhythm & Twang

But none of this can happen unless, you book a room at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa.  We created a series of specials to make it easier for you.  Click here to view them all. I would recommend the Romantic couples All inclusive getaway package, but go to our specials page and pick for yourself. Book online or call 631-477-9400 for availability.  Enjoy our newly refurbished bedrooms, then wake up to an international styled, farm-to-table breakfast, including our made-to order omelet specialties, and sides.

Memorial weekend starts summer season at Quintessentials

May 20th, 2015 by QuintessentialsInc

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Memorial Day is a time when we honor those who fought for us in the armed forces and sacrificed so much, many giving their lives. The proud display of our flag not only shows our patriotism, but on this weekend it also represents our thanks and remembrance of those who died. 

On the North Fork and at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa, it is also the unofficial start to the summer season, when the weather warms and our thoughts turn to vacations and getaways. The East End of Long Island really springs to life. There is live music at the dozens of wineries, concerts and theater in the parks and a host of other summer activities. This weekend there are parades, such as the one in Southold which begins at 10:00 on May 25th. There’s dancing at Claudio’s on Saturdays and Sundays, and refreshing walks at dusk through Mitchel Park and Marina

And, did we mention the many pristine beaches on the North Fork

Quintessentials is offering the “1,2,3 Summer Skincare Special to help you get your skin beach-ready now.  Treat yourself to the pineapple, coconut body scrub, a deep cleansing and hydrating herbal facial, and an hour-long rejuvenating massage.  Your skin will glow healthy.  It’s a good thing.  Call Quintessentials Spa at 631-477-9400 to make your appointment now.

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